Jerome Stoll will become head of sales, marketing and light commercial vehicles. Stoll, a 55-year-old Frenchman, has been CEO of Renault's Brazilian operations since 2006 and head of the company's 22-market Americas region since Feb. 1. He replaces Patrick Blain, who will become a special advisor to Ghosn.
Stoll will also overseer Renault's Europe management group, a post held by Pelata since mid-2008, and before that by Blain.
Odile Desforges will head engineering and quality. Desforges, 59, has managed Renault's purchasing unit since 2003. She has played a key role in cementing Renault's alliance with Nissan, through her oversight of the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO). Desforges replaces Jean-Louis Ricaud, who is leaving Renault.
Renault's decision to move Desforges to the key engineering and quality post demonstrates its commitment to boosting cooperation with Nissan on platforms and products, company sources told Automotive News Europe .
Christian Vandenhende will succeed Desforges as head of Renault's purchasing unit and RNPO. Vandenhende, a 47-year-old Belgian, has been working with suppliers since joining Renault in 1999, most recently as RNPO's director of chassis purchasing.
Christian Esteve will lead a new management group for Russia. Esteve, 59, has overseen Renault's EuroMed region since 2008. Russia was part of the EuroMed region but will now be a standalone unit.
Esteve will become President of Renault's AvtoFramos subsidiary, near Moscow, which produces low-cost Logans and will also oversee sales of imported cars and cooperation with Renault's Russian partner AvtoVAZ.